As the Hive race is continuing with development, two veteran players were invited to playtest the Perseus Hive before it goes public in two servers.
This Hive-Only update added more sound effects as well as weapon animations for their plasma wave and plasma launchers.
Also, proper stats info now included when you examine a Hive creature/ship: Life: Equivalent to hull strength, when it goes to zero, the creature is destroyed. Energy: Equivalent to engine power. Mind: When it goes to zero, the creature is 'knocked out' temporarily and loses a round. The stronger the mind the less chance it will get stunned (some skills also improve the resistance to being stunned).
In addition a small update to Ma'Alaketh, high-end Captains' rankings:
Commodore is now Virtuous Advisor Rear Admiral is now Luminous Advisor Vice Admiral is now Grand Advisor Fleet Admiral is now Prelate